Calling all Educators – Make a difference in ICU Education

It is an exciting time to be an Educator involved in critical care in Australia and New Zealand!

We now have an active interprofessional grassroots network working in collaboration with organisations such as CICM, ACCCN, ANZICS, ICN, ANZAHPE, and SMACC (among others!) to advance clinical education in critical care.

This Network seeks to:

  • promote and develop the Clinician Educator role
  • implement best practice education in critical care
  • foster education scholarship and research in critical care
  • provide capacity to consult on education issues in critical care
  • nurture a collaborative interprofessional approach to patient-centred education

On Wednesday, October 10th 2018, the day before the ANZICS ASM in Adelaide, we will be holding our first ICU Clinician Educators Unconference. The Unconference will involve facilitated interaction with known experts and practitioners using a deliberative dialogue approach. There will be scope for remote involvement via a live stream and Slack if you can’t attend in person.


The Vision

At the end of a productive day of working and learning together, we will have shared perspectives, developed a renewed sense of education priorities and their urgency, and created action plans for the work we can do together to advance critical care education. We will have seeded the creation of an active interprofessional community that has already begun to create real solutions to challenging problems. From this beginning, we will continue to grow and support each other as we create the future.


So, if advancing clinical education in critical care is your thing, join our Network (via this form: http://litfl.org/ANZCENform) and complete the Expression of Interest form (see below) ASAP (ideally by the end of July).

Whether you’re at the start or the end of your career and whether you are a nurse, a physio, a doctor, an academic educationalist, or something else, you are welcome to join us if you want to make a difference.

You can learn more about the Network here: http://litfl.org/ANZCENResources.


Chris is an Intensivist and ECMO specialist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He is also the Innovation Lead for the Australian Centre for Health Innovation at Alfred Health and Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. He is a co-founder of the Australia and New Zealand Clinician Educator Network (ANZCEN) and is the Lead for the ANZCEN Clinician Educator Incubator programme. He is on the Board of Directors for the Intensive Care Foundation and is a First Part Examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He is an internationally recognised Clinician Educator with a passion for helping clinicians learn and for improving the clinical performance of individuals and collectives.

After finishing his medical degree at the University of Auckland, he continued post-graduate training in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Northern Territory, Perth and Melbourne. He has completed fellowship training in both intensive care medicine and emergency medicine, as well as post-graduate training in biochemistry, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology, and health professional education.

He is actively involved in in using translational simulation to improve patient care and the design of processes and systems at Alfred Health. He coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit’s education website, INTENSIVE.  He created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches on numerous courses around the world. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of litfl.com, the RAGE podcast, the Resuscitology course, and the SMACC conference.

His one great achievement is being the father of two amazing children.

On Twitter, he is @precordialthump.

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